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Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra plays at Langtons Gardens, Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 18:02 12 June 2017 | UPDATED: 18:02 12 June 2017

Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra. Picture: Havering Council

Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra. Picture: Havering Council

Havering Council

Music wafted through Langtons Gardens as 1,500 people enjoyed a summer concert yesterday (Sunday, June 11).

The floral crown to celebrate the Queen's Sapphire Jubilee. Picture: Havering Council The floral crown to celebrate the Queen's Sapphire Jubilee. Picture: Havering Council

The annual performance by the Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra featured a selection of light classics ranging from Orpheus in the Underworld to Pomp and Circumstance; flavoured with popular favourites from the film High Society and TV classics including the themes to the Darling Buds of May and the much-requested Thunderbirds.

During the performance in the grounds of Langtons House, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, the audience rose to join in with Land of Hope and Glory, waving Union flags and programmes as the concert - led once again by evergreen conductor Jonathan Butcher – took on a royal flavour to mark the Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee.

The specially commissioned floral royal crown display was also admired by guests and will remain as a focal point in the gardens for the rest of the year; along with two others – one at the Town Hall in Romford and the other in Collier Row.

Councillor Melvin Wallace, cabinet member for culture and customer access, said: “The Langtons Summer Concert is always a popular event in Havering’s cultural calendar and is now a summer staple that brings the community together.

Visitors enjoy the Langtons Summer Concert. Picture: Havering Council Visitors enjoy the Langtons Summer Concert. Picture: Havering Council

“The restoration of Langtons Gardens and the specially commissioned floral version of the royal crown provided a beautiful backdrop for the music of the Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra.”

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